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According to “Men’s Journal” the sweet potato is the number one food for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a research group well known for publishing their findings about health food, found that the sweet potato had more nutrients per pound than any other food. Also the calorie count per pound is lower than most other foods which allows you to have a nice healthy snack that will curb your hunger and do you some good too!CSPI ranked the sweet potato number one in nutrition of all vegetables. With a score of 184, the sweet potato outscored the next highest vegetable by more than 100 points. Points were given for content of dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars and complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Points were deducted for fat content (especially saturated fat), sodium, cholesterol, added refined sugars and caffeine. The higher the score, the more nutritious the food. Sweet potato baked 184 Potato, baked 83 Spinach 76 Kale 55 Mixed Vegetables 52 Broccoli 52 Winter Squash, Baked 44 Brussels Sprouts 37 Cabbage, Raw 34 Green Peas 33 Carrot 30 Okra 30 Corn on the Cob 27 Tomato 27 Green Pepper 26 Cauliflower 25 Artichoke 24 Romaine Lettuce 24 The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington D.C. copyright 1992

(Information taken from “Men’s Journal” and http://www.foodreference.com/html/sweet-pot-nutrition.html)

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